Code of Silence (1985)

R | 100 mins | Drama | 3 May 1985

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HISTORY

       According to HR production charts on 2 Oct 1984, principal photography began in Chicago, IL, on 1 Oct 1984, despite an earlier report in the 17 Aug 1984 DV that announced filming was set to begin 24 Sep 1984.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the production lasted eight weeks and was originally written by Dennis Shryack and Michael Butler to take place in San Francisco, CA. However, director Andrew Davis, who was raised in Chicago, insisted that the picture be made entirely in his home town.
       Although production notes announced a 17 May 1985 release date, the 23 Apr 1985 HR reported that Code of Silence would open 3 May 1985 on nearly 1,800 screens, among the largest number within the industry, and an all-time high for any Orion release at that time. Chuck Norris‘ popularity was noted as the reason for the extensive release.
       A film review in the Jul 1985 Box reported earnings of $5.5 million in the first weekend of release, on 1,810 screens.
       Code of Silence was used in a criminal defense case when California native, Vincent Pahl, shot his former wife and her attorney on 6 May 1985, according to the 4 Dec 1987 Var. Pahl reportedly claimed to have seen the picture the night before the attempted murders, and his defense psychiatrist cited the film’s violence as an instigation for the shootings.
      End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special thanks to State of Illinois Film Office, Chicago Film Office, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, the Holiday ... More Less

       According to HR production charts on 2 Oct 1984, principal photography began in Chicago, IL, on 1 Oct 1984, despite an earlier report in the 17 Aug 1984 DV that announced filming was set to begin 24 Sep 1984.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the production lasted eight weeks and was originally written by Dennis Shryack and Michael Butler to take place in San Francisco, CA. However, director Andrew Davis, who was raised in Chicago, insisted that the picture be made entirely in his home town.
       Although production notes announced a 17 May 1985 release date, the 23 Apr 1985 HR reported that Code of Silence would open 3 May 1985 on nearly 1,800 screens, among the largest number within the industry, and an all-time high for any Orion release at that time. Chuck Norris‘ popularity was noted as the reason for the extensive release.
       A film review in the Jul 1985 Box reported earnings of $5.5 million in the first weekend of release, on 1,810 screens.
       Code of Silence was used in a criminal defense case when California native, Vincent Pahl, shot his former wife and her attorney on 6 May 1985, according to the 4 Dec 1987 Var. Pahl reportedly claimed to have seen the picture the night before the attempted murders, and his defense psychiatrist cited the film’s violence as an instigation for the shootings.
      End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special thanks to State of Illinois Film Office, Chicago Film Office, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, the Holiday Inn Chicago City Center, Belden-Stratford Hotel, Godeen Eagle, Dwon Kelly, Patrick Tidy, Hal Schaffel, Dov Hoenig, and the people of Chicago.”
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jul 1985.
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Daily Variety
17 Aug 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Oct 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 May 1985
p. 3, 13.
Los Angeles Times
3 May 1985
p. 4.
New York Times
3 May 1985
p. 8.
Variety
8 May 1985
p. 24.
Variety
4 Dec 1987.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
An Orion Pictures release
A Raymond Wagner production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy/Elec
Best boy/Grip
Dolly grip
Elec
Elec
Generator op
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dept asst
Sketch artist
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Prop master
1st asst prop
Const coord
Head carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Paint foreman
Head painter
Painter
"Prowler" personnel
"Prowler" personnel
"Prowler" personnel
"Prowler" personnel
COSTUMES
Key cost
MUSIC
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd des and supv
Sd des and supv
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Supv ADR ed
ADR ed
Foley actor
Foley actor
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec at
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff asst
Addl asst
Addl asst
Titles and opt by
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup artist
Spec makeup eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Loc asst
Post-prod supv
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Unit pub
Prod office coord
Data mgr
Tech adv
Prod asst
Prod asst
Exec asst to Mr. Wagner
Secy to Mr. Wagner
Secy to Mr. Davis
Transportation capt
Transportation co-captain
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Caterer asst
First aid
Craft service
Craft service
Craft service
Extras casting
Post-prod auditor
Post-prod asst auditor
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
Stuntperson
COLOR PERSONNEL
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 May 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 3 May 1985
Production Date:
1 October--26 November 1984 in Chicago, IL
Copyright Claimant:
Orion Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
7 August 1985
Copyright Number:
PA265462
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Prints
DeLuxe®
Duration(in mins):
100
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27615
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Chicago, Illinois, undercover police officer Sergeant Eddie Cusack and his partner, Dorato, monitor a drug deal from outside an apartment building, preparing to arrest the henchmen of drug lord, Luis Comacho. Coordinating with other officers, the detectives lie in wait, but a rival gang enters the building, shoots Comacho’s men, and steals their money. As the gang flees, the plain-clothes officers give chase, and Dorato is shot in the leg. During the mayhem, an officer named Cragie, who has been drinking alcohol all day, shoots an innocent bystander. To cover his transgression, Cragie plants a gun on the man, as his rookie partner, Nick Kopalas, observes the misdeed. When Cragie tells Eddie that he killed the pedestrian in self-defense, Nick remains silent. Later, Cragie is suspended while awaiting a hearing, causing mixed reactions amongst his co-workers. Meanwhile, as Dorato’s leg recovers, Nick is re-assigned to be Eddie’s temporary partner, and the two investigate gangster Felix Scalese and his nephew, Tony Luna, whom they suspect are behind the attack on Comacho’s men. Eddie follows Luna’s daughter, Diana, and inquires about her father’s whereabouts. Later, Luis Comacho retaliates against Luna and sends assassins to murder his family. However, Diana was not at the scene. Learning of the retaliation, Luna sends one of his men to protect Diana, but as they flee on the streets of Chicago, a criminal named Angel stabs the bodyguard. As Diana runs away, Angel captures her, but Detective Eddie pursues them. Following Angel onto a city train, Eddie fights the gangster. When they make their way to the roof of the moving ... +


In Chicago, Illinois, undercover police officer Sergeant Eddie Cusack and his partner, Dorato, monitor a drug deal from outside an apartment building, preparing to arrest the henchmen of drug lord, Luis Comacho. Coordinating with other officers, the detectives lie in wait, but a rival gang enters the building, shoots Comacho’s men, and steals their money. As the gang flees, the plain-clothes officers give chase, and Dorato is shot in the leg. During the mayhem, an officer named Cragie, who has been drinking alcohol all day, shoots an innocent bystander. To cover his transgression, Cragie plants a gun on the man, as his rookie partner, Nick Kopalas, observes the misdeed. When Cragie tells Eddie that he killed the pedestrian in self-defense, Nick remains silent. Later, Cragie is suspended while awaiting a hearing, causing mixed reactions amongst his co-workers. Meanwhile, as Dorato’s leg recovers, Nick is re-assigned to be Eddie’s temporary partner, and the two investigate gangster Felix Scalese and his nephew, Tony Luna, whom they suspect are behind the attack on Comacho’s men. Eddie follows Luna’s daughter, Diana, and inquires about her father’s whereabouts. Later, Luis Comacho retaliates against Luna and sends assassins to murder his family. However, Diana was not at the scene. Learning of the retaliation, Luna sends one of his men to protect Diana, but as they flee on the streets of Chicago, a criminal named Angel stabs the bodyguard. As Diana runs away, Angel captures her, but Detective Eddie pursues them. Following Angel onto a city train, Eddie fights the gangster. When they make their way to the roof of the moving train, Angel jumps into a river, and is run over by a boat. Eddie consoles Diana over her family’s murder and protects her by leaving her at the home of police officer, Pirelli. Sometime later, Nick admits to Eddie that Cragie planted the gun on the unarmed man, and he is concerned about what to say at the hearing. Eddie advises him to tell the truth, but Nick, fearing trouble, protects Cragie, and lies under oath. Unafraid, Eddie appeals to the court to remove Cragie from the police force, angering his coworkers. Elsewhere, Comacho’s men break into Pirelli’s home, kidnap Diana, and leave Pirelli dead. When Eddie returns to Pirelli’s residence and discovers his murder, he radios for back up and pursues the assailants at Comacho’s bar. However, Eddie’s fellow officers believe he betrayed Cragie and refuse to come to his aid. At the bar, Eddie fights several men before Comacho arrives and orders Eddie to turn over Luna in exchange for Diana’s release. In time, Dorato, still recovering from his leg injury, responds to Eddie’s call for back up, explaining that he did not hear his partner’s initial call for help. Dorato shares news from the police station, revealing Luna’s whereabouts. Eddie later pursues Luna, and a car chase ensues, but Luna and his uncle, Felix Scalese, crash their vehicle, and the men are killed. In an effort to rescue Diana, Eddie telephones Comacho to set up an exchange for the girl, despite her father’s demise. Taking an armory from the police department, including a robotic automatic weapon called the “Prowler,” Eddie attacks Comacho’s men as a “one man army.” In the ensuing gunfight, Eddie leaves no survivors. He frees Diana and carries her outside, where his fellow officers await with an ambulance, offering their support. +

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